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The Power of Silence in Conferring

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I took a deep breath and paused a long pregnant pause. My next words needed to be just right.

Watch. Look. Listen: AUTHENTIC PURPOSES FOR WRITING

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Writing is a stalwart act. Through writing, we express ourselves, uncover feelings, tell our stories, organize our schedules, share our beliefs, and change our world. To some students (and even adults) writing can seem like a monumental task and writing may feel cumbersome. But when you think of the necessity of writing in our lives, writing is unavoidable.

Student Ownership and Writing Choices

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With so many (and ever changing) options at our fingertips, I want my students to learn how to control the tools. We have a motto in our room, “If the tool is telling you what to do, you aren’t in charge of your learning. You tell the tool what to do!”

Looking for Prize Donations

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Before we know it, the month of March will be here.  March is becoming my favorite month of the year since it brings St. Patrick’s Day, warmer weather, and the Slice of Life Story Challenge… Continue reading

Deb’s One Little Word For 2017

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I am not sure where to begin, but I do know I can always do better with my hive!

Finding New Opportunites and Joy: All It Takes Is A Slight Twist

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Finding New Opportunities and Joy: All It Takes Is A Slight Twist
This year presented my family and my teaching life with many changes, and each one took real focus for me. I had the opportunity to make a slight turn turning each into a change blessing or a change obstacle. The difference is in considering the intention.

Straight From Students: Why Teachers Should Write: Part Of #TWTBLOG’S Throwback Week

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Melanie asked the students, “What makes you feel like a writer?” Read the voices from the classroom. YOUR writing matters to YOUR students.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Happy Thanksgiving from our writing space to yours!

Writing Takes Guts: My Writing Backstory

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The realization of this moment gave me chills and led me to share my writing backstory with Dana. Dana listened and encouraged me to open my presentation with this story. I was hesitant, the experience had halted my inner writer for years. What if sharing it again had the same result?

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday!

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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    Writing gives everyone a voice. What will you put your voice to today? Be an advocate. Stand tall. Stand Proud. Share your Voice.         Presentations If you are attending… Continue reading

The Power of Tools in Teaching and Learning

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Kate brought us in closer to consider the importance of the tools’ accessibility and their effect on learning. Not only do these tools need to be accessible to the students, but students need to understand how and when to use them for learning.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday! We are so glad you’re here today!

Self-Assessment: Assessment Strengthens Writers

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Annie began reading, the first few words showing strong attempted spelling, “I went to the forest and followed a path….” As she continued, her stamina for attempted spelling waned. Her enthusiasm and eagerness to share did not change! She kept reading her story with fluency and excitement. When Annie finished, she turned to the class, and the writers greeted her with silent applause and Annie beamed.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday! We are so glad you’re here today!

A Weeks Reflections and Student Work

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Thanks for stopping by the blog.  Last week I promised to share student work and my reflections after a week of Getting Kids Excited About Writing. As I listened to teachers talk about… Continue reading

Getting Writers Excited to Write!

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So how do we help these young storytellers bring their stories to paper?
How do we show them these are the stories writers write? I think we begin by getting our kids excited, really excited, like “I can do this, let me write NOW! Excited.

Helping Parents See Progress Through the Process

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As learners ourselves, we know students need a supportive culture where taking risks, asking questions, and understanding the value of the process is omnipresent.

Protecting Student Writing Time

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My students won’t become writers just because I want them to be writers. Writers need to wallow in new information, time to let all the words, ideas and questions wash over them, connect with their schema, and let the new information become their own.

3 Steps to Building A Learning Community: Vision. Intention. Purpose.

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The young writers sitting in our classroom will rise above the fears and struggles of being a writer, but it will take intentional planning, repetitive teaching, daily writing, and reteaching. Writing is hard work. Students don’t become writers because we have writing workshop. Writers become writers because teachers have clear intentions and a vision of what’s possible.